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Windows 10: Causing a Big Business Splash in Little Drops?

We’ve suffered through many a Microsoft system upgrade over the years, but with the looming possibility of an upcoming “era of updates,” the tedium of lurching adjustments to layout and functionality may finally be gone. Toby Wolpe for ZDNet gives a fresh assessment of this promising prospect and highlights the potential pitfalls.

Nervously Staring through Windows

Suffice it to say, there’s plenty of nail biting over the Windows OS 10 release that’s slated for the latter half of 2015. A record low global desktop share and upgrade hiccups with the disappointing Windows 8 platform have done nothing to quell these anxieties.  

The  SaaS Tango

Inevitably, Microsoft will face challenges related to commercial use, struggles that its competitor Apple just doesn’t have. For instance, in its fervor to align with the increasingly popular SaaS model, Microsoft is doing a daring tango by entertaining the reality of frequent and disruptive upgrades. That’s something commercial users simply won’t forgive.  

Arms Folded to the New

A concern is that CIOs will not trust the “drip” upgrades, and will therefore stick to the old way of doing things until their fears are proven unfounded:

The idea of a series of smaller, less disruptive upgrades is appealing but CIOs may be wondering about the viability of the concept in the longer term.

So while the idea of a more stable operating environment is an attractive prospect to most organizations, the “proof is in the pudding” according to Wolpe. Most likely, there will still need to be institutional adjustments, alterations in usage patterns and policy changes. There’s even the possibility of a kind of ‘change that keeps things the same.’

Speculating in Circles

In the end topical upgrades, if they require system disruptions, are going to make CIOs grumble heartily. Yet whether or not one can opt out of the process, how frequently changes will occur, and how the upgrades will be bundled remains a matter of conjecture. While businesses and end users go crazy speculating, Microsoft still has adequate time to get it right.  

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